2 Chainz's 10 Best Song-Stealing Guest Verses
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a Gold-certified single ("No Lie" featuring Drake) and a Grammy nomination (Best Rap Album for Based on a T.R.U. Story).
Flickr/Brandon Shigeta 2 Chainz: Upstager.
But put 2 Chainz on someone else's song and he's likely to steal the show. He started upstaging people back in the mid-Aughts, when he was known as Tity Boi, and he's still at it today. Here are his Top 10 best song-stealing guest verses:
10. Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap"
"If I weren't rappin', I'd be trappin'/If I weren't trappin', I'd be pimpin'/If I weren't pimpin', I'd be gettin' it, period." 2 Chainz breaks through Minaj's nasal delivery with a simple assertion of swag.
9. David Banner featuring Tity Boi and Lil Wayne, "Yao Ming"
A ditty in which Tity towers over Banner and Weezy. Slam-dunk style.
8. Young Jeezy featuring Tity Boi, "Count It Up"
Billed here as Tity Boi, Epps was already steadily using his second nickname of 2 Chainz on this track from early 2011. His "Arm and Hammer grammar" here makes monkey meat of Jeezy's trap motivations.
7. Gucci Mane featuring Tity Boi, "Pussy Rehab"
Some put these two guys in the same class for their not exactly mega-lyrical approaches, but Tity leaves Gucci sounding like he doesn't even want to try on his own track.
6. T-Pain featuring Tity Boi, "Big Man"
The real scene-stealer here might honestly be the Freddie Mercury sample, but Tity Boi's unvarnished bars provides much-needed relief from all the Auto-Tune.